The 10 Rules of CLEANSING

Originally published in the May 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By health and wellness expert Danna Pratta


Now that we’re on the verge of summer, it’s prime time to think about getting into shape. Whether you’re hitting the gym more or switching up your diet, a cleanse might be a good starting point for your summer body! Going on a cleanse can be a little tricky if you’re a first-timer so, to help you thrive when going on a pre-summer cleanse, we’ve put together 10 rules to avoid quitting 12 hours in.



  1. Don’t set yourself up for failure

If you are a first-timer, don’t go for a juice cleanse or the lemonade diet that restricts food. Choose a cleanse that allows you to continue eating a healthy raw diet. The idea of a cleanse is to rid the body of toxins, not to restrict food.


  1. Mentally prepare yourself

Starting a cleanse is just as mental as it is physical. If your mind isn’t in the right place, your body will likely follow. A few days before you’re set to start your cleanse, think about the positive results and prepare yourself to eat a healthy diet.


  1. Prepare yourself for side effects

While detoxing, you may notice some side effects like headaches or nausea during the first few days. This is totally normal, as your body is ridding itself of toxins. Take some extra time to rest if you feel these symptoms coming, and remember not to give up.


  1. Clean out your pantry

Before you start cleansing, eliminate any temptations from the kitchen. It’s hard enough to stay on track, but seeing tempting and not-so-healthy snacks in the pantry is going to make it much harder. Stock up on healthy snacks like fruits and veggies that are easy to grab.


  1. Drink lots of water

On average, you should drink about 8 glasses of water per day but, during the cleanse, up your intake to about 2 liters per day. This will help your body clear out those toxins and will also keep you feeling hydrated and less lethargic.


  1. Reserve energy

During your cleanse, you will want to try your best to reserve your energy, especially during the first few days. Try to limit those long work days and save the marathon running until the cleanse is finished. Also,make sure to get enough sleep, this is the time for your body to heal and rebuild.


  1. But be active

While on your cleanse it’s important not to over-do it. Try to stick to yoga or light cardio. You want to stay active while on the cleanse to keep your system moving, but not wear yourself out.


  1. Keep busy

Stay busy while on your cleanse. Often-times, snacking is a reaction to boredom, not hunger. Eliminate excess down time, go for a walk or an easy bike ride, or spend time in the yard. This way, the bored stomach pangs won’t lead you to the kitchen.


  1. Keep stress levels low

Often, stress is what leads us to binge eating and relentless snacking, so make sure to start your cleanse when you know your stress levels will be low. A weekend is always a good time to allow for relaxation.


  1. Don’t run back to greasy foods

You just spent a week or more cleaning out your system and, as tempting as a slice of that deep-dish pizza may sound, jumping back into eating greasy foods will just throw your system out of whack. Hopefully, after all your hard work, processed foods won’t even sound good.




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Rinse grapefruit, tangerine, cucumber and mint leaves. Peel and slice cucumber, grapefruit, and tangerine.Combine all ingredients in a half gallon pitcher. Allow the ingredients to sit for 2 hours for maximum benefits. Drink throughout the day.

Fashion Starlette brings Eye Candy Sass to Sabado Gigante

Yas Gonzalez Experta de Moda

This Cuban American fashionista has a keen eye for colors and contrasts. She is what I would call the ‘Latina Fashion Police.’ So move over, Kathy Griffen here comes Yas Gonzalez. Don’t let her sweetheart appearance fool you! On Sabado Gigante, Yas made her debut illustrating the importance of self confidence with sass, politely emphasizing the importance of “Do’s” and the “Do not even think about it, of being in-style.”

Let’s be real, Miami is the heart of viewing bodacious buff men and babies with the Jlo booty. But its not all about the shape, its about the colors. Yas new collection of swimwear ” Black and White”, focuses on the use of colors that make you want to say “YUMMM!” Colors that bring out that twinkle to your eye, like when you see your favorite pair of stilettos through a window on 5th Ave, or when you devour your favorite piece of chocolate. Where you can’t have just one. Her designs makes you want to say “Yes! Give me one of everything!”

“During my studies in fashion design, I started to launch my own line of swimwear. I did four collections that captivated the attention of buyers and large chain stores purchasers. That’s when I decided to look into how to go about massively producing , distributing and selling my swimwear. My brand has been embraced the biggest fashion buyers in the industry. ” Yas said.

Before becoming one herself, Yas became inspired by the most prominent stylists in the world. Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin. Entertainers also played a big role in creating her eccentric designs. Who wouldn’t want to see these icons in some sexy swimwear? Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez with her new rumored arm-candy, William Levy. Uh! Yeah, that’s a topic for another day.

How To Look Flawless This Summer

The East Coast is finally feeling like Summer now its time to enjoy and prepare for the sunny days ahead. Here are a few beauty products that will help you look flawless this season.

NEW John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full for Colour Treated Hair Shampoo and Conditioner

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John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse

Restore bounce, spring, and shine to fatigued curls and waves. This instant curl rescue boosts manageability so even the most difficult hair can be quickly and easily styled. Thanks to a specially enriched, alcohol-free formula, this essential mousse tames frizz while also giving a touchable hold that never feels crispy or sticky.

Price: $6.99

WHERE TO FIND IT: Food, drug and mass retailers nationwide


NEW Avon Sun+ After Sun Aloe Gel

Sometimes the sun gets the best of you, but Avon is there to help with this soothing gel packed with naturally healing Aloe Vera. The gentle, oil-free gel moisturizes and calms sunburned skin, helping soften dry skin and combat the damaging effects of sun, wind, and water. A unique blend of antioxidants and natural moisturizers help nurse skin back to health and prevent skin from peeling and flaking.

Price: $6

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Jergens Shea Beauty Oil

A deeply hydrating beauty oil for lustrous and visibly radiant skin. As the latest addition to the Jergens® Shea Butter Collection, new Jergens® Shea Beauty Oil delivers amplified radiance you can see plus indulgent moisture and coveted sheen. This unique body luminizer leaves skin with six times more radiance, sheen, and hydration. Now, all the skin-loving benefits of intensely hydrating Shea Butter are paired with the exclusive sheen of body oil.

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ANEW Clinical Infinite Targeted Contouring Serum

Featuring a unique massaging applicator to target the four key facial zones prone to sagging (cheeks, chin, jowls, jaw), this effective serum combines the PolyPeptide Lift Complex with a high concentration of seven instant skin-tighteners including a pharmaceutical grade one for fast acting, fast lifting results.

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Fashion Inspiration From Cuban Bombshell

Last week I highlighted the very stylish Lala Anthony and this week the gorgeous Eva Mendes will help inspire your next look.

I love Ms. Mendes‘s style because she does it so effortlessly. I think we can all look fashionable, comfortable and trendy just like this fabulous chica without breaking our pockets.

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Is your style more Lala or Eva?
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Beachwear Fabulosity

Going to the beach with an oversize tee-shirt or house shorts? I hope not.


Your beachwear should allow you to take your look from fun beach day to showstopper boardwalk fun. Pair with some wedges or jeweled thong sandals to complete the look.


For inspiration here are some looks from Caffe Swimwear 2014 lookbook.





Yes To Blazers In The Summer

Many folks consider blazers a fall/winter wardrobe piece but the truth is that you can wear them year round.

Blazers are timeless pieces that can be worn from day to night. I personally own over 20 different versions of the classic blazer look and some are over 5 years old. I strongly suggest investing in a few different versions. Play with the fit (some are loose and others are fitted), length (some are to the waist and others are over the hips), color and material.

Let me show you how to ‘Rock Out’ your blazers and funk out your Spring/Summer look this year.

Wear them with shorts.


Wear them with your favorite summer dress or sexy bodycon dress.


Wear them with your jeans or crop pants.


Wear them to spice up any casual summer look with a pop of color.


Crop Styles For The Summer


This summer will be all about the ‘Crop Top’. You can wear your crop top with a pair of jeans, shorts, skirts and leggings.


Not comfortable showing your tummy? No worries you can pair it with a high-waisted version of your favorite jeans, shorts, skirts and leggings.


You can also consider adding a blazer to dress up your crop top look.

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Sexy Summer Styles: Plus Size Swimsuits

Ladies enjoy your summer and show off your curves in these fabulous swimsuit options.

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Asos Curve –


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Time Warner Cable donates $500,000 to Boys & Girls Club of America for new Summer STEM program

Football player Victor Cruz and Food Network chef and personality Anne Burrell host Time Warner Cable's "Connect a Million Minds Day" for 300 students from local Boys & Girls Clubs on February 1, 2014 in New York City. From l. to r. Ellen East, TWC’s Chief Communications Officer; Anne Burrell; Victor Cruz; Jeffrey A. Hirsch, TWC’s EVP and Chief Sales/Marketing Officer, Residential Services; Chad Royal-Pascoe, BGCA’s National Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. Photo credit: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Time Warner Cable.

Football player Victor Cruz and Food Network chef and personality Anne Burrell host Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds Day” for 300 students from local Boys & Girls Clubs on February 1, 2014 in New York City. From l. to r. Ellen East, TWC’s Chief Communications Officer; Anne Burrell; Victor Cruz; Jeffrey A. Hirsch, TWC’s EVP and Chief Sales/Marketing Officer, Residential Services; Chad Royal-Pascoe, BGCA’s National Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. Photo credit: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Time Warner Cable.

In an effort to prepare young Americans, Time Warner Cable (TWC) and the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) have announced a collaboration that will try and help prepare American youth for their future and become more interested in science, technology, engineering and math—(STEM)—subjects through an innovative summer program.

Launching this summer the BGCA will begin a new program called the “Do-It-Yourself STEM”. The program is aimed at getting young Americans throughout the country interested in STEM subjects through interactive and innovative methods. And thanks to a $500,000 donation from TWC the program will be able to do just that.

We are proud to partner with TWC on this exciting STEM program for our members,” said Jim Clark, President and CEO of BGCA.

In association with their “Connect a Million Minds(CAMM) initiative, TWC will support BGCA’s DIY STEM program in hopes of furthering their goal in addressing the declining proficiency in STEM subjects amongst American youth.

That’s why Time Warner Cable created Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), our five-year philanthropic initiative to address this issue,” said Shelley Loo, Public Relations Manager at TWC.

In a 2013 study released by the Program for International Student Assessment, it was shown that among a worldwide list the United States ranked 31st in math and 24th in science. With such low rankings in two of the STEM skills that are crucial for the future among American youth TWC and BGCA allied together to help the future generation of Americans compete successfully in a global economy

Time Warner Cable believes in getting kids excited about STEM because having the next generation skilled in these areas is critical for our country’s continued success,” said Rob Marcus, Chairman and CEO of TWC. “We are very proud to partner with BGCA and support a new program that will help their members reach their potential by becoming inspired by the world of STEM.

The program will be available to all members of the BGCA, and the DIY STEM program’s curriculum will engage Club members aged 10 to 18. Each week a different strand of STEM subjects will be presented to the students in interactive and innovate ways.

The DIY STEM program features project-based learning activities to introduce Boys & Girls Club members to engineering design and energy conversions as they construct common items such as speakers, light bulbs, water filtration devices and bottle rockets, to name a few,” said Danielle Johnson, Director of Academic Success and STEM at BGCA. “Members will grow their own rock candy in food chemistry explorations, and compete as they try to take Coke and Mentos Geysers to new heights as they test variables that effect geyser altitude.

Also, with the donation made by TWC, the TWC will provide grants to 10 BGCA Clubs in the New York City and New Jersey area. With these grants the clubs will be able to run the DIY STEM program in-addition with a DIY family night where families can take part in seeing what their children and BGCA staff have been doing.

The DIY STEM program is a student-led program facilitated by trained Boys & Girls Club staff,” said Johnson, “Members are encouraged to work collaboratively on open-ended projects that are driven by member experience, interest and personal learning objectives.

The partnership between the two also has some celebrity support.

Back on CAMM Day, which was held on February 1st of this year, professional football player and BGCA alumnus Victor Cruz and Food Network Chef Anne Burrell took part in the announcement held at TWC Studios in New York City.

This will be one of many partnerships between footballer Cruz and TWC. Cruz also takes part in TWC’s “STEM for sports and “Enjoy Sports Better” initiatives.

The DIY STEM program promises to have fun, hands-on activities that correlate with STEM subjects—like learning about the science behind how popular TV shows and networks run and other fun STEM-based activities—the venture could be the necessary steps to show American youth the importance of STEMsubjects and how they can be fun rather than merely demanding.

BGCA is committed to preparing globally competitive graduates for successful 21st century careers,” said Clark, describing how TWC and BGCA are deeply motivated in educating our American youth. “and this new program will enable Club kids to unearth STEM concepts through fun, hands-on activities and explore the jobs of tomorrow.”

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